Source: (2003) Waterbury, VT: Vermont Agency of Human Services, Planning Division. Dowloaded 29 April 2004.This booklet is one of a series produced by the Planning Division of the Vermont Agency of Human Services to assist the work of its regional and local partners in achieving positive outcomes for Vermont’s citizens. The What Works series offers brief overviews of programs that research shows to be effective in reaching those outcomes. This report focuses on restorative justice alternatives to deal with youth who commit nonviolent delinquent acts. The aims of such alternatives are several: intervene early; support victims, youth, and families; hold delinquent youth accountable; give all involved parties a voice; and help victims, youth, and families make vital links to needed services within their communities. The report first introduces restorative justice ideas and processes, especially in contrast to the traditional juvenile justice system. Then the report sketches several restorative justice programs for youth offenders from various parts of the United States as examples of what works in achieving restorative outcomes for such youth.